Theo Hobson

Our debt to the children of the Reformation

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Secular society is based on the values of the Reformation. So why won’t today’s Protestant leaders acknowledge the fact?

Act of faith: Sybil Thorndike as Saint Joan, c.1924, in George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Saint Joan’

Why does drama always end up sneering at religion?

5 March 2016 9:00 am

 Theo Hobson explores the enduring appeal that religion has for dramatists

How God could save Jeremy Corbyn

26 September 2015 8:00 am

If Labour’s atheist leader could show he was at peace with religion, it would go a long way to making his job more secure

Adultery websites should be as unacceptable as race-hate websites

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Why don’t more people object to online promotion of adultery?

Tinder went looking for fresh flesh – and accidentally found me

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Can mobile dating apps move beyond the promise of a one-night stand?

Why calling for an ‘Islamic Reformation’ is lazy and historically illiterate

7 February 2015 9:00 am

What’s wrong with calls for an ‘Islamic Reformation’

Rowan Williams has been reading too much Wittgenstein

27 September 2014 8:00 am

It used to seem rather obvious that the world was full of evidence for God. These days, theologians no longer…

A gangster called Capitalism and its vanquisher The Common Good

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Once upon a time, a powerful unkillable beast menaced the nation. It had to be tamed. It could only be…

The return of God: atheism's crisis of faith

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Dawkins and Grayling et al seem to have inspired a Christian fightback

The Church of England needs a compromise on gay marriage. Here it is

27 April 2013 9:00 am

How to break the Church of England’s great deadlock

Richard Dawkins has lost: meet the new new atheists

13 April 2013 9:00 am

Secular humanism is recovering from its Dawkinsite phase – and beginning a more interesting conversation

False idols

8 September 2012 9:00 am

September 11 shook up how people thought about faith and politics. But now it’s time to think again

False idols

8 September 2012 9:00 am

September 11 shook up how people thought about faith and politics. But now it’s time to think again

‘Jesus hung out with freaks’

1 January 2011 12:00 am

Meet Jay Bakker, minister to the hipsters of Brooklyn

Sex by sat-nav

7 July 2010 12:00 am

Theo Hobson is depressed by the media’s rapturous welcome for Grindr, a new software device that helps gay men locate each other for impromptu sex

In search of disorganised religion

26 May 2010 12:00 am

Theo Hobson attends Grace, an alternative Christian service in west London, and finds it arty, irreverent, postmodern — and full of people seeking a new way to worship

The C of E should follow John Milton’s lead

12 December 2008 12:00 am

Milton was a great poet but an even greater theologian, says Theo Hobson. His vision of tolerant Christian liberalism should be our template for the future

A very English coup — and the end of our national church

2 July 2008 12:00 am

On the eve of the General Synod and the Lambeth Conference, Theo Hobson says that the sleeping giant of evangelical and orthodox Anglicanism has been awoken by liberal agitation and Rowan Williams’s failed leadership. The church is damaged beyond repair

‘It’s harder for straights to feel Christian charity than gays’

7 May 2008 12:00 am

Theo Hobson meets Gene Robinson, the only openly gay Anglican bishop, who says that homosexuals are more open to the Christian ‘message of radical change’

Don’t blame religion

13 August 2005 12:00 am

Theo Hobson says that the suicide bombers are not inspired by a belief in an afterlife so much as by political ideology — like the kamikaze pilots of the second world war

Where Blair has gone wrong

23 April 2005 12:00 am

Frank Field tells Theo Hobson about Christianity, socialism — and the Prime Minister’s failure of leadership